i'm a first year and hear mixed things on the importance of doing research b/n 1st and 2nd yr. if you do rsrch and then apply for residency in a diff field (possiblity for me since i don't know what i want to go into yet) will the research still help me? do you need to get published for it to make a difference? does anyone feel if it's really good to just rsrch or is it just a waste of time? eager to hear your opinions. thanks.